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"THE FILM AND VIDEO WORK OF CHRISTIAN JANKOWSKI AND ANRI SALA"
2000-11-04 until 2001-01-07
De Appel
Amsterdam, , NL

From 4 November 2000 through 7 January 2001, De Appel will devote individual solo presentations to Christian Jankowski and Anri Sala; two young artists whose work has recently attracted a great deal of international attention. Christian Jankowski and Anri Sala display their work on video monitors and projectors, and use the narrative structure of a cinematic story to give shape to their ideas. Their stories have a symbolic / metaphoric quality that has to do with the position of the artist in society.

Jankowski's work often consists of humorous, playful commentaries on situations in which an artist finds himself. 'Telemistica', is based on interviews with Italian TV presenters of horoscope programmes in which he discusses his doubts, longings and ideals at length. In 'The Matrix Effect', Jankowski puts the fame of older colleagues in perspective by having them played by children, who are able to look back on their oeuvre thanks to a 'time warp'. Sala is less focussed on the art business and investigates the geography of his origins in relation to the present. In 'Intervista' he confronts his mother with her political past. In the way in which he depicts her story, Sala presents a commentary on the changing history of film and on how film is made, a surplus value that also serves to raise his work far above the merely personal.

Interest in Christian Jankowski, born in 1968 in Gottingen (Germany), began mainly after the Venice Biennial of 1999 and the 'German Open' exhibition in Wolfsburg. He has since been selected as one of the four candidates for the Neue Nationalgalerie prize in Berlin, which will be presented in December.

Although Anri Sala (Tirana, Albania, 1974) has only recently completed his studies, his participation in After the Wall (Stockholm 1999, now showing in Berlin) and in Manifesta 3 has also been the subject of much interest.

Two (full-colour) catalogues will be issued in conjunction with this exhibition, with articles by Alexandre Costanzo, Joerg Heiser, Edi Muka and Nicolaus Schafhausen. Editor: Edna van Duyn / design: Irma Boom / ISBN 90 73501-52-0 and 90 73501-51-2.

IMAGE:
Christian Jankowski
Let's Get Physical /
Digital, 1997


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